Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer - New Belgium Brewing
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District of Columbia
3.53/5 rDev +6.6%
Fair brew, rather sweet and pleasing, but well short of brett and anything remarkable. A totally skippable collaboration.
Presentation:22 oz screen printed brown capped bottle. Red and blue stained glass like pattern illustrating the bottle . Side paragraphs notes intent, and main characteristics. Shows 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.
A - Hazy pale amber pour with a good frothy head, good retention and surface memory with fair touches of lacing.
S - Fruity, sweet, tropical notes...
T - …which flow in the palate. The tropical sweetness predominates. This is ok, unexpected, but nice, where is the brett? Bready and malty with almost no sense of funk under that pineapple and mango sweet lick.
M - Medium body and moderate carbonation with a fair smoothness unable to do much with the monochord sense.
O - Not anywhere near what one might expect of such a brew or collab. Drinkable sure… but...
Notes: All right, while nothing to blow the senses theses guys can do better (and worse). This is not a waste of money but with this quality it is not going to pick up in the name of the brewers alone. Pretty blah…
Original notes from a bottle tasting upon the release. More recently compared to a social tasting of the ale and while drinkable the impression does not change much...
02-17-2013 19:47:50 | More by Daniellobo
3.19/5 rDev -3.6%
A: Pours a cloudy medium straw yellow in color with some light orange highlights, light to moderate amounts of white and black sediment, and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy and sudsy off-white head that quickly reduces to a small thick patch of medium sized bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate amounts of funky hay aromas with fruity notes (pineapple, pear, apple, and lemon/citrus), and just a hint of clove. Just a touch of earthiness.
T: The beer starts out with a light amount of pale malts which is quickly followed by light to moderate amounts of light fruits (pineapple, pear, and lemon zest). There is a light amount of hay, barnyard funk, and yeastiness towards the finish. Light amounts of bitterness and alcohol in the finish which lingers slightly.
M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of acidity, alcohol heat, and dryness.
O: Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed in this beer - it is called Brett beer and it lacks much of the Brett flavor and aroma I was expecting. It was a little heavier in the mouthfeel than I was expecting, I wanted a little more acidity and dryness.
02-13-2013 02:41:45 | More by dbrauneis
3.26/5 rDev -1.5%
With the brewers of La Folie and Supplication coming together for a collaborative effort, what could possibly go wrong, right?
And its with a heavy yeasty goldenrod pour, the beer carries an aesthetic weight with its medium murk. A creamy white froth blankets the beer in liquefied fashion that lessens as the carbonation subsides and the acidity takes hold. With no surprise with these funky ales, only isolated islands of lace could be found early before the foam character collapses.
Mid-stream aromas start out semi-tart and firmly earthy. The tangy scent of dried fruit captivates the nose and then settles it with musty, dusty woods, yeasty dough, and saddle leather. And with only moderate acidity, the raw aroma of whole grain bread and damp earth is largely unsupported.
In similar fashion, the heavy bread taste is rich with vegemite, cookie dough, and weathered wood. Medium tartness bring about modest wine-like tartness that makes cameo appearances through the rich bready taste. Dried limes, crab apple, and peppered woods offer little complexity above the bread and yeast. Little in the way of hop character, the yeast and malts are left to battle out the balance that largely remains unresolved.
Its rich taste is also reflected in body. Not that it is a rich beer, but when highly acidic and dry ale is expected, then even medium-bodied beers seem heavy. And that's exactly how this beer plays out on the palate sensations. A turn to finish reveals only slim wine-like acidity and light alcohol warmth that leaves the mouth wanting more.
A lot like Sierra Nevada's collaboration brew with Russian River- Brux, the beer turns out young, unresolved, and immature. Where that beer may very well may mature gracefully for years, I'm somewhat less hopeful for this collaborative effort.
02-08-2013 06:17:02 | More by BEERchitect
3.48/5 rDev +5.1%
(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer pours a hazy lemon yellow with a thick off white head that last and last and a gentle sea of carbonation.
S- The cooked corn aroma has a note of fresh cream but takes on a cooked lettuce aroma in the finish. There is a soft raw wet grain aroma that fade as the beer opens.
T- the soft cooked corn note has a mineral taste to it wit a soft dry hop bite that blends in in the finish.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and a gentle fizz
O- I really love brett that comes through in aged beers but this one has to much cooked corn and blended with a hop bite makes it interesting to drink but hard to swallow.
01-29-2013 15:36:30 | More by rhoadsrage
2.13/5 rDev -35.6%
22 oz bottle pours a clear gold color with an ample cap of white head. Nice and dense, it sticks around quite awhile and leaves some nice lace.
Nose is mostly light grains with a touch of honey. Im not entirely sure brettanomyces would be the first thing to come to mind if I drank this blind. It mostly just smells like a Belgian Pale Ale.
Taste is too much sweet malt and not nearly enough brett. The honeyed grains are cloying even, and where the hell are the hops? It is like the brewers just completely forgot to add any bittering cones at all. The alcohol is surprisingly rough too, at 7.5% it attacks more like a 9 or 10%er. I dont think I have been a fan of any of the LoF series that is not a sour, this one is no exception. Yuk…nearing drain pour status.
01-28-2013 23:34:35 | More by twiggamortis420
3.73/5 rDev +12.7%
A: single finger head with good lacing on a cloudy dull golden body with floaters in it.
S: lemon custard orange peel Brett yeast, minimal spiciness.
T: coriander, yeast, lemon custard, orange peel, breads, dough, floral.
M: medium creamy body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: this one is a little odd to me. It's not a terrible beer and I enjoyed the creamy feel. For what it is I liked it, not sorry but nice degree of yeast and funk.
01-28-2013 02:19:41 | More by kylehay2004
4.16/5 rDev +25.7%
A - pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves nice lace on the glass.
S - Pineapple, clove, lemon, and lemongrass.
T - A thick, wheat flavor up front with some lemon and orange in the middle. Finishes with clove, vanilla, pineapple and orange creamsicle.
M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a lightly sweet finish.
D - Not bad, the spicy hops and brett work nicely together and make for an interesting, saison like experience.
01-28-2013 02:19:38 | More by nickfl
3.59/5 rDev +8.5%
22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter at cellar temperature.
L – Deep gold color with a 1.5-finger frothy, rocky, white head. Nice retention and some great lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. I’m actually surprised by how clear this is.
S – Bready, grainy malt, lemongrass (I’m assuming that’s the Sorachi Ace hops), and a bit of mustiness from the Brett. This smells nice, but it doesn’t have the rush of barnyard funk that I was expecting from a beer called “Brett Beer.”
T – Sweet bready malt and lemon esters, spicy peppery yeast, mildly bitter lemongrass hops, and a bit of earthy, musty Brett. Again, it doesn’t have as much Brett as I would have hoped.
Note: The last pour from the bottle stirred up some of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle and some more Brett funk reared its head. It still wasn’t as strong as I was thinking it would be, but it was definitely more apparent.
F – Light-to-medium-bodied with great carbonation, a creamy and zesty mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter, dry, and funky finish. Peppery and earthy yeast dryness and spice lingers for a bit.
O – While this is tasty, it drinks more like a saison than a wild ale. It doesn’t have nearly as much Brett as I expected from a beer with that word in the name. It’s a decent beer, just not what I was expecting.
01-18-2013 03:44:49 | More by BlackBelt5112203
2.89/5 rDev -12.7%
22oz split with my wife
Served in a Southern Tier tulip
A - Pours a cloudy golden straw with 2 fingers of mounded bubbles. Lots of suspended specks.
S - Sweet pale malt, wheat, hay, vitamins, citrus fruit, dusty grains, slightly astringent alcohol.
T - Spicy yeast, bittering and floral hops upfront, tropical fruit, lemons, limes, very sweet malts, finishes peppery with a lemon citrus kick.
M - Full doughy body, bulky and smooth feel.
Well this wasn't what I was expecting. The brett was there but very subtle. It was sweet with a semi-dry finish and a bulky mouthfeel. It had a rustic sense about it but was a little on the sweet side.
01-12-2013 01:59:36 | More by StaveHooks
2.6/5 rDev -21.5%
From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: None on bottle, released in late spring 2012
In both scent and taste, the LoF Brett Beer represents a fairly low standard for American Wild Ales, which I have, in the past, found to be quite complex, full of flavor, and fairly intense. I was hoping for a showcase of Brett characters, but what the bottle contains is a relatively middling amount of any character, be it Brettanomyces, malt, or hops. The overal beer is certainly drinkable, but bland and uninspiring to me.
Pours a tall, >3cm, white head, composed of medium to large-sized bubbles that has above average retention. As the head recedes to a thin cap atop the body, it leaves significant lacing in a variety of shapes along the sides of the glass. The body itself is a light yellow-gold color, semi-hazy from some poured in sediment. Carbonation is visible and appears quite active.
Aroma is surprisingly bland: a mellow and light Brett presence; flat, grainy malts; hints of lemon. I was really hoping for something quite Brett-heavy, as not only is this the name of the beer, but the bottle itself mentions some of the flavors from Brett-influenced beer I like the most, such as pineapple and acidic sourness/tartness.
Taste is similar to aroma, perhaps a bit bolder, but not by much: the same flat, grainy malts, mellow Brett presence, and mild lemon are apparent (there's also some breadines). Front of palate detects fairly boring pale malts, leading to a mid-palate with mild Brettanomyces-influenced basement must and wet straw. There's continued mildly sweet pale malts, hints of white bread, and a light fruit ester essence (diluted pear juice?). Back of palate notes bready, pale malts, dried lemon, and faint Brettanomyces characters.
The beer is medium in weight, with carbonation levels that are medium-high to high. This results in a prickly feeling moving across the palate at first, which gradually fades into a substantial foam: aggressive, then soothing. Not entirely disagreeable, but carbonation could be lower and more enjoyable. Closes semi-dry with little residual stickiness on the palate.
01-11-2013 04:57:03 | More by falloutsnow
Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
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